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Blindly tackling Shakespeare

September 1

As I write this piece Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is the hottest ticket on Broadway. It has already garnered a Pulitzer Prize and is poised to sweep the 2016 Tony Awards; get on line for a seat sometime in 2017, if you are lucky. The rap-genre...

Bard bug bites Beijing

September 1

Who among you have quoted William Shakespeare? I asked a room of eighth graders. The ticking of the clock echoes in the black box. A few students raise hesitant hands but their heads are low, peeking, checking to see if anyone else raised a...

Alien or ally?

September 1

Miss, the stories are good but why didn’t he talk in English? This question was first posed to me about four years ago whilst teaching a Macbeth master class in Carnarvon in the far north of Western Australia. It’s a great question, not...

A new approach to King Lear (well, new at the time anyway)

September 1

Back in 1989 a group of eager, young, final year drama students decided to be more proactive in their search for work and set up their own theatre company. Keen to do more experimental work than the productions they were currently appearing in –...

The power of stories and storytelling

May 1

The power of stories and storytelling connects us deeply and stays with us. As I write this article, I’m working as part of an artistic team on a collaborative story based project called South County Stories with the Mahaiwe Performing Arts...

Stories that matter

May 1

“We are human” is then spoken in different languages As I’m writing this article I’m thinking of one story in particular. Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee who was traveling with his parents and his brother from Bodrum in Turkey to the...